Andrea Masterson of Jonathan Edwards College, one of the most accomplished runners in Yale women’s cross country history, is the recipient of the 2019 Nellie Pratt Elliot Award, the most prestigious athletic award given to a senior female at Yale.
The Nellie Pratt Elliot Award goes to the senior woman whose excellence in the field of athletics and in her life at Yale best represents the ideals of sportsmanship and Yale tradition. It is awarded in memory of Nellie Pratt Elliot, who was an assistant director of undergraduate admissions at Yale for 46 years.
Masterson, a Washington native, became just the sixth Bulldog and the first since 2006 to win the Ivy League Heptagonal Individual Championship last fall. She had finished second as a junior.
Masterson, who served as the 2018-19 cross country captain, was a three-time NCAA Championship participant, finishing a career-best 59th in the nation last fall. She was a three-time All-Northeast Region and two-time All-Ivy selection and finished in the top 10 in the Northeast Region in each of the last three years. In addition, she is a two-time recipient of the team’s Stanley-Cleary Award, presented to the student-athlete who excels in dedication, commitment, and inspiration to the sport of cross country.
During her career, the Bulldogs earned a pair of second-place Ivy League finishes, were in the top four in each of her four seasons and earned a spot in the 2016 NCAA Championship.
In addition to her cross country success, Masterson also was a significant contributor in the distance events for the indoor and outdoor track & field teams. She has earned her way onto Yale’s fastest time list in four events and will compete in the 10,000 run at the Outdoor NCAA Regionals at Jacksonville next weekend.
Masterson, an architecture major, also has excelled in the classroom. She earned Academic All-Ivy recognition last fall and has been named to the USTFCCCA Northeast Region All-Academic team.